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Stephen Foster

posted Dec 25, 2016, 4:47 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 29, 2016, 3:16 PM ]
Nottingham Central Chess Club have announced the recent death of Stephen Foster, long time member and first team captain. He died peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, 11th December after a long period of declining health.
The Ashfield Club would like to express our tribute. Steve was well-liked and respected as an opponent and a team-mate in County play Steve was the captain of County Correspondence teams in 2012-13 and 2013-14.He was shocked to discover that the ECCF permitted the use of computers in correspondence chess, and was totally opposed to this. Although he allowed team members to decide for themselves, he sought to enter into a gentleman's agreement with his opponent to not not use computer assistance.
Ashfield 2 and Central 1 were last in League opposition in Division 2 in 2014-15. Although A2 were promoted and Central relegated, Steve was very successful against us, including in the last game of the season a very rapid win against our top player. We all admired this very one-sided demolition job, which ended with a King chase. Steve recently owned that deep in the game the Fritz evaluation was 0.00.
Steve was very complimentary about the match reports on our site, which appeared from 2014-15, and very proud to point out the next season that there were also regular match reports on his club web-site. Steve wrote some of these. He spoke his mind, as you would expect. In a report of Central 1 v A3 of 17.11.15 he observed, " Ashfield have been known to play higher graded players when available." He had a good memory. I'm sure here he would have been thinking of the A2 v Central 1 opening match of September 2012 when A2's top boards were Steve Burke and Glen Halfpenny.
Despite health problems Steve had a successful 2015-16 playing season. In the League he won 6, drew 5 and lost 2 , helping his team to promotion.He also scored 3/5 in the U155 County Championship, winning a share of the Senior Prize. 
Steve's last League game was against, Jonah Willow , County Champion. He lost but bowed out at the top level. He will be missed across Nottinghamshire chess, and acutely so by the Central Club.
N.B. A much more informed tribute about Steve's life can be read on the Gambit club website. *